On May 9th Noah joined over 100 kids under 18 years of age, all wanting to grab a role in Oliver!, Rancho Cucamonga’s Summer Family Musical Spectacular held at the Lewis Family Playhouse at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center. Noah’s goal for this performance was to land one of the major roles, perhaps the role of the Artful Dodger, the pickpocket who befriends Oliver Twist.
Noah’s acting journey began when he was seven years old performing as a second-grade Santa Claus for his elementary school chorus performance. And from that moment forward, the rest is HIStory. Noah’s desire to perform in front of thousands led him to his first challenging role of James Rogers in Will Rogers Follies at Performance Riverside, where my little boy with spiky hair and a raspy voice worked hard to learn his lines, dance routines, and musical lyrics at a moment’s notice. It was the start of a fire within him that would not extinguish.
Christmas rolled around a year later and Noah’s next adventure was as the character Boy on the Street, aka Turkey Boy, in A Christmas Carol, performed at the Lewis Family Playhouse at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center. It was awesome watching Noah steal the show with a role that required independence and charisma, as he interacted with Scrooge and the Cratchit Family.
Noah’s next character was Moth in A Mid Summer Night’s Dream, also performed at the Lewis Family Playhouse. In this fun and original role, Moth and the other loyal fairies protected their Queen Titania in this unique and comical production.
Next, Noah made his debut as Richard Stanley in the Inland Valley Repertory Theatre’s production of The Man Who Came To Dinner at Candlelight Pavilion in Claremont. Noah was the youngest on stage as he commanded the role of the overly protected son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley, who then pursues his dreams with the encouragement of Sheridan Whiteside.
Credit must be given where credit is due; hence, Noah has excelled with instruction from three amazing sources: Rancho Cucamonga’s Youth Theatre classes, led by Mr. Jeremy and Mrs. Jessica; Valverde School of Performing Arts, where Noah is currently taking singing lessons with Frank Valverde; and Ronda Rubio, the musical director for Oliver!, who has taken Noah under her angel wing, protecting and guiding his journey.
In early spring, you can usually find Noah involved in Missoula Children’s Theatre, a traveling theatre company who makes their way westward around spring time and usually stops at the Cultural Center during our spring break. Prince Perfect in The Little Mermaid and Akela in The Jungle Book are two of Noah’s Missoula favorites.
So at the end of the auditon on Saturday, May 9th, Noah was told he was wanted for a call-back and to return the next Wednesday at 6:30 pm. Well, the next five days were filled with touch-up music lessons, script memorizing, and the repeated practice of the song “Consider Yourself,” which was the sheet music given to Noah at the Saturday audition, a song sung by the Artful Dodger in Oliver. A song we all became very familiar with and even made up our own versions.
Wednesday arrived, and after a three-hour call-back audition, we headed home hoping he would land the role of his lifetime, the role of the Artful Dodger.
At 3:00 pm on Thursday, Noah walked home from school, clicked on the Lewis Family Playhouse website, and saw for himself how the paths to success are hard work, dedication, and the belief that you can accomplish all that you desire.
We celebrated with dinner at P.F. Chang’s and an Oliver Twist book.
Congratulations, Noah. Keep working hard; the star-filled skies are endless. You are simply amazing.